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About Town 3-31-13

Seniors meet for bocce ball Wednesday

The Kailua-Kona Seniors will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Halawai to play bocce ball on the lawn.

This meeting is also the time to sign up for ground golf, scheduled for April 12 at Yano Hall. Details will be discussed at the meeting.

For more information, call Elsa at 315-8732 or Billie at 315-8367

Academy’s interim head speaks to Rotary

Bob Whiting, interim head of Hualalai Academy, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday Kona Sunrise Rotary meeting. He recently retired from Holy Nativity School on Oahu after 11 years as head of school. Prior to his leadership role at Holy Nativity, he had a lengthy career at Kamehameha School’s Kapalama campus that included positions in administration, curriculum and teaching.

The meeting is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. every Wednesday at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. Breakfast is $10 per person. Rotarians and interested individuals are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Bev Fraser at 936-9965.

Planning under way for Relay for Life

The Relay for Life of Kona Committee is planning its 19th annual relay. Community members passionate about saving lives from cancer and with time to plan and organize the event are requested to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center.

For more information, contact Maile Lincoln at 895-3168 or

April events slated at national park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers the following events in April, including cultural presentations celebrating the Merrie Monarch Festival’s 50th anniversary. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply.

Cultural workshops are planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday on the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai. Sam and Edna Baldado will share the many uses of kalo; Ab and Pua Valencia will demonstrate traditional lei-making; singer and songwriter Rupert Tripp will entertain; Vi Makuakane will display the art of feather work; and park ranger Adrian Boone and volunteer Ed Shiinoki will help visitors create and play the Hawaiian nose flute.

Merrie Monarch Festival cultural practitioners will again meet on the visitor center lanai from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Lehua Hauanio will showcase lei-making techniques, while Kuuleimomi Makuakane-Salavea shares the art of kapa making. Helene Hayselden will make a feather kahili — a symbol of royalty; musician Kenneth Makuakane will perform; and Boone and Shiinoki will again help visitors create and play the nose flute.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Don Swanson will present “Looking for Lava in All the Wrong Places — and Finding It in Some” at 7 p.m. April 9 in the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium.

Most eruptions and intrusions at Kilauea take place within the summit caldera or the two rift zones. Some, however, occur elsewhere or have trends not readily explainable by this standard model. These eruptions and intrusions reveal much about the internal plumbing of Kilauea and its evolution. Swanson will elaborate on this theme in a partly factual, partly speculative, broadly based alternative view of Kilauea.